Thursday, January 29, 2015

Review: CLIF Mojo Wild Blueberry Almond Fruit & Nut Trail Mix Bar

If you look at the archives of this blog, I've clearly reviewed a lot of CLIF products on this blog.  Actually, out of the non-major manufacturers (majors are General Mills, Kraft, Kellogg's, etc.), CLIF probably has the most reviews on here.  With that, I find it surprising when I stumble across a flavor from one of their longstanding (at least related to this blog) product lines and that is what led me to somewhat surprisingly find this CLIF Mojo Wild Blueberry Almond Fruit & Nut Trail Mix Bar on the shelves of my local Kroger for $1.25.  It's such a basic flavor combination, so I can't believe I've never reviewed it before.  Anyway, the bar itself is 1.41 ounces and has 160 calories and four grams of protein.

Clearly (Get the joke?), this bar is not hard to describe from a visual perspective as CLIF has put this in clear packaging.  That said, it's worth noting that this does have a plethora of large almond chunks and small cashew chunks spread throughout.  Also plentiful is the scattering of small blueberries that are everywhere on this.  Also included in the mix are little pellets of rice crisps and I've just typed all those preceding sentences without removing this from the wrapper.  When I finally did remove this from the wrapper, it was quite obvious that the blueberries and syrups in this were going to make for an extremely sticky bar.  It also had a strong blueberry smell, so that there was no doubting that these "wild" blueberries were definitely going to announce themselves in this bar.

After my first bite, there was obviously no doubting that this bar was blueberry-flavored, as my previous sentences assumed.  It was tangy and sweet, so much so that it was the kind of tangy that kind of makes your teeth clench.  Well, at least it made mine do that.  As for the rest of the bar, there was definite nutty taste from the almonds and cashews, although neither of them really announced themselves in any fashion.  Their nutty and somewhat salty flavor was also quite necessary as it did a good job someone lessening the tang of the blueberries.  Outside of that sweet and salty flavor that I've already described, there wasn't a whole lot else going on with this bar from a flavor perspective.  In terms of texture, it was similar to what you'd expect trail mix to be as it had a variety of textures from crunchy (nuts), chewy (blueberries) and graininess (rice crisps).  Rolled all together, the actual mouthfeel of this bar was not at all boring.  On other note is that the large almonds not only made this crunchy, but since they were spread evenly throughout and so large, they did bring the fun occasional pop to each bite.

Buy It or Fly By It?  Nothing about this was award-worthy and didn't really give me any extra mojo (Get that joke?  I'm just filled with them today.), but it was a solid and tasty flavor that represented both fruits and nuts quite well and that earns this a solid BUY IT rating.  Don't expect to be shocked, but expect a quality product with quite a bit of blueberry flavor.


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